Minor Computer Science (24 credits)

Offered by: Computer Science     Degree: Bachelor of Engineering

Program Requirements

Minor Adviser: Students interested in this Minor should see Liette Chin, Undergraduate Program Coordinator, in the School of Computer Science (Lorne Trottier Building, Room 2060) to obtain the appropriate forms, and should see both the Minor Adviser in Computer Science and their department adviser for approval of their course selection. Forms must be submitted and approved before the end of the Course Change (drop/add) period of the student's final term.

Note: This Minor is open to B.Eng., B.S.E., and B.Sc.(Arch.) students in Engineering.

Engineering students may obtain the Minor in Computer Science as part of their B.Eng., B.S.E., or B.Sc.(Arch.) degree by completing the 24 credits of courses passed with a grade of C or better. In general, some complementary courses within B.Eng. and B.S.E. programs may be used to satisfy some of these requirements, but the Minor will require at least 12 extra credits from Computer Science (COMP) courses beyond those needed for the B.Eng. or B.S.E. degree. Students should consult their departments about the use of complementaries, and credits that can be double counted.

Note: COMP 202 and COMP 208 (compulsory for some Engineering students) do not form part of the Minor in Computer Science.

For more information, see the School of Computer Science website: http://www.cs.mcgill.ca.

Required Courses

6 credits

  • COMP 206 Introduction to Software Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Comprehensive overview of programming in C, use of system calls and libraries, debugging and testing of code; use of developmental tools like make, version control systems.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: David Meger (Fall) Joseph P Vybihal (Winter)

  • COMP 250 Introduction to Computer Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Mathematical tools (binary numbers, induction, recurrence relations, asymptotic complexity, establishing correctness of programs), Data structures (arrays, stacks, queues, linked lists, trees, binary trees, binary search trees, heaps, hash tables), Recursive and non-recursive algorithms (searching and sorting, tree and graph traversal). Abstract data types, inheritance. Selected topics.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Michael Langer (Fall) Mathieu Blanchette (Winter)

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisites: Familiarity with a high level programming language and CEGEP level Math.

    • Students with limited programming experience should take COMP 202 or equivalent before COMP 250. See COMP 202 Course Description for a list of topics.

Complementary Courses

18 credits

3 credits from the following:

  • COMP 302 Programming Languages and Paradigms (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Programming language design issues and programming paradigms. Binding and scoping, parameter passing, lambda abstraction, data abstraction, type checking. Functional and logic programming.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Clark Verbrugge (Fall) Prakash Panangaden (Winter)

  • COMP 303 Software Design (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Principles, mechanisms, techniques, and tools for object-oriented software design and its implementation, including encapsulation, design patterns, and unit testing.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Joseph P Vybihal (Fall) Martin Robillard (Winter)

3 credits from the following:

  • COMP 273 Introduction to Computer Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Number representations, combinational and sequential digital circuits, MIPS instructions and architecture datapath and control, caches, virtual memory, interrupts and exceptions, pipelining.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Paul Kry (Fall) Joseph P Vybihal (Winter)

  • ECSE 221 Introduction to Computer Engineering (3 credits)

    Offered by: Electrical & Computer Engr (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Electrical Engineering : Data representation in digital computers. Boolean algebra. Basic combinational circuits; their analysis and synthesis. Elements of sequential circuits: latches, flip-flops, counters and memory circuits. Computer structure, central processing unit, machine language. Assemblers and assembler language.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Donald Peter Davis (Fall) Derek Nowrouzezahrai (Winter)

    • (3-2-4)

    • Prerequisite: COMP 202

    • Tutorials assigned by instructor.

3-4 credits from the following:

  • CIVE 320 Numerical Methods (4 credits)

    Offered by: Civil Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Civil Engineering : Numerical procedures applicable to civil engineering problems: integration, differentiation, solution of initial-value problems, solving linear and non-linear systems of equations, boundary-value problems for ordinary-differential equations, and for partial-differential equations.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Mahmoud Ahmed (Fall)

  • COMP 350 Numerical Computing (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Computer representation of numbers, IEEE Standard for Floating Point Representation, computer arithmetic and rounding errors. Numerical stability. Matrix computations and software systems. Polynomial interpolation. Least-squares approximation. Iterative methods for solving a nonlinear equation. Discretization methods for integration and differential equations.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Xiao-Wen Chang (Fall)

  • ECSE 443 Introduction to Numerical Methods in Electrical Engineering (3 credits)

    Offered by: Electrical & Computer Engr (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Electrical Engineering : Symbolic vs. numerical computation. Number representation and numerical error; curve fitting and interpolation; numerical differentiation and integration; solutions of systems of linear equations and nonlinear equations; solutions of ordinary and partial differential equations; optimization. Applications in electrical engineering analysis and design. Evaluation of numerical software packages.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Hannah Michalska (Winter)

  • MATH 317 Numerical Analysis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Error analysis. Numerical solutions of equations by iteration. Interpolation. Numerical differentiation and integration. Introduction to numerical solutions of differential equations.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Tiago Miguel Saldanha Salvador (Fall)

  • MECH 309 Numerical Methods in Mechanical Engineering (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mechanical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering)

    Overview

    Mechanical Engineering : Numerical techniques for problems commonly encountered in Mechanical Engineering are presented. Chebyshev interpolation, quadrature, roots of equations in one or more variables, matrices, curve fitting, splines and ordinary differential equations. The emphasis is on the analysis and understanding of the problem rather than the details of the actual numerical program.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Mathias Legrand (Fall) Mathias Legrand (Winter)

0-3 credits from the following:

  • COMP 251 Algorithms and Data Structures (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Introduction to algorithm design and analysis. Graph algorithms, greedy algorithms, data structures, dynamic programming, maximum flows.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Claude Crepeau (Fall) Jérôme Waldispuhl (Winter)

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisite: COMP 250

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken or are taking COMP 252.

6-9 credits chosen from other Computer Science courses at the 300 level or higher.

Notes:

A. COMP 208 may be taken before COMP 250; however, it cannot be taken for credit in the same term or afterward.

B. COMP 396 (Undergraduate Research Project) cannot be taken for credit toward this Minor.

Courses that make considerable use of computing from other departments may also be selected, with the approval of the School of Computer Science. Students should consult with their advisers about counting specific courses.

Faculty of Engineering—2016-2017 (last updated Aug. 26, 2016) (disclaimer)